The next installment in the PGA TOUR 2K series is just around the corner. PGA TOUR 2K21 released over two years ago, in 2020. The next game, PGA TOUR 2K23, is scheduled to launch next month. With a decent amount of time passing between the two titles, it will be interesting to see how the series changes and what remains the same. We got a bit more insight into this today. 2K revealed that PGA TOUR 2K23 will include a MyCAREER and the return of MyPLAYER.
If you’ve played video games for even just a couple years, then you know that character customization is nothing new. It’s practically standard in games these days. In fact, the MyPLAYER feature has appeared in previous 2K Sports titles. This includes PGA TOUR 2K21, where our reviewer found room for improvement.
“Where the game falls short is the realism of the people. A close up of the person you create to be “you” just isn’t going to look that good. I’m not entire sure why, other than they felt rendering a person’s face to be totally photorealistic wasn’t a huge priority.”
It seems PGA TOUR 2K23 will strive for photorealism, according to a press release published last month.
“In order to create pristine in-game renditions of real-life courses, 2K and HB Studios use a combination of aerial drone footage, lidar data, high resolution photography, and supporting assets provided by each course’s management to ensure each course is true to life and features realistic buildings, signage, hazards, fairways, greens and climate. The process ensures the most authentic PGA TOUR video game experience available to date.”
Whether this realism will extend to character models in-game remains to be seen.
The PGA TOUR 2K23 MyCAREER mode is aiming for realism as well.
After creating a golfer with MyPLAYER, players can embark on their golf career in the PGA TOUR 2K23 MyCAREER mode. According to today’s press release, this mode will do a lot to immerse the player.
“In addition to customization options, pro rivalries and sponsorship opportunities add to the realism of MyCAREER. A broadcast-style presentation and commentary team of Rich Beem, Luke Elvy and newcomer Henni Koyack further add to the immersive experience and offer a true taste of a real PGA TOUR career.”
Three editions of PGA TOUR 2K23 are available. The Deluxe and Tiger Woods Editions release on October 11, while the Standard Edition becomes available on October 14. The game will be playable on Steam, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, and PS5.